Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are health professionals focused on the processes and disorders of speech, language, and hearing.
Speech-language pathologists study the production of speech and language and work with children and adults who have disorders affecting their ability to communicate. Audiologists study the physical, physiological and psychological aspects of hearing, and provide intervention and technology-based rehabilitation to persons with hearing loss and problems with balance. The speech, language, and hearing sciences program in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences provides the foundation for graduate study leading to clinical certification and career opportunities as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist.
Careers in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Speech, language, and hearing sciences are professions consistently rated among the best careers for the changing job landscape.
Students who graduate with a degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences are employed in schools, private practices and healthcare facilities.
Students completing the BS degree, and who meet state requirements, may apply for licensure as assistants in speech-language pathology and can provide therapy services under the supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist.
The University’s Career Center is an important resource for students pursuing their careers. Licensed counselors are available to help clarify career goals, provide strategies for mastering job interviews and writing professional cover letters and resumes, and help students connect with campus recruiters.
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at UT Dallas
The major in speech, language, and hearing sciences requires 120 hours to graduate: 42 hours from the University’s core curriculum, 36 hours in speech language pathology and audiology courses and 42 hours of electives. Students are encouraged to select electives in psychology or child learning and development to complement their coursework in speech, language, and hearing sciences.
Junior and senior speech, language, and hearing sciences majors with at least a 2.5 GPA are eligible to receive college credit for a volunteer internship in the community.
The Fast-Track program enables undergraduate students to take up to 15 hours of graduate courses that will count toward both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in applied cognition and neuroscience, speech-language pathology, or human development and early childhood disorders. Students must have at least 90 credit hours and meet the graduate admission requirements to qualify.